MISSOURI CITY, Texas- Some of the best professional skateboarders and BMX riders in the world put on a show for local high school kids Monday afternoon.
The ASA High School Tour brings five top X Games athletes all over the country on an anti-bullying tour, supporting the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate Campaign”. It is fully funded by the US Marine Corp.
No these are not the x-games, it’s the parking lot at Hightower High School in Missouri City. But the athletes do know a thing or two about competing in the action sports world.
“I’ve been riding about 30 years,” said Trevor Meyer, a highly accomplished BMX rider.
From BMX riders to skateboarders, the show had five athletes performing for the students.
“Back in 2008 I was UK champion back in England and then I got second in the X games last year,” said Paul-luc Ronchetti, a professional skateboarder.
Today is not about them or even the freestyle tricks, it’s about the students.
“Well we just wanted to get a positive message out there. There’s no place for bullying,” said Meyer. “I think all of us kind of have been bullied in high school at one point or another, at least I have a little bit. The best thing to do is bring it to a teacher..to a parent.”
The kids get to trade the classroom for the half pipe.
“They were delivering a good message while also showing us a good show,” said student William Jones.
The hope is it will have a positive impact on teens in the local community by using the “cool factor” of action sports to promote an important message.
“It’s better than reading a piece of paper or hearing a straight speech. So they can look at something cool and hear some facts, so they are listening and engaging,” said Paul-luc Ronchetti.
And it seemed to be working.
“It got me thinking that you know maybe I shouldn’t do the stuff I do to people, I should treat people right. The way they want to be treated,” said student Kameron Watson.
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